Edneyville, North Carolina is a thriving (if unincorporated)
town on the outskirts of Hendersonville, and just 23 miles from Asheville.
These busy urban centers offer all the excitement your pup could want, and
the many Western North Carolina breweries offer plenty of fun for you. The famous
Sierra Nevada brewery, one of Asheville’s flagship businesses, has patio
seating for you and your fur family.
Nearby are some of the loveliest (and steepest) trails and parks in the Appalachians. Whether you want to take your dog rafting with French Broad Outfitters or hiking in the Dupont State Forest, it’s all within easy reach of Edneyville.
Asheville’s busy downtown and beautiful parks are well worth a visit or ten. But, for a more low-key day out, consider the smaller — but just as interesting — village of Black Mountain. In addition to the historic arts community, Black Mountain is also home to Bone-a-fide Pet Boutique and Bakery, where an array of delicious doggy treats are on display. If you overdo it, Black Mountain is also where you catch the Big Butt Trail or the Craggy Pinnacle Trail to work off the calories. Craggy Pinnacle is a 1.4-mile easy hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Closer to home, plenty of shopping, services, and pet-friendly restaurants are just minutes from Edneyville. You'll find a top-rated animal hospital just a few miles away, and a 24-hour emergency vet clinic and several other providers are available in Hendersonville.
Chimney Rock is a scenic 10-mile drive from Edneyville and worth every inch. The main attraction is Chimney Rock Park with its dog-friendly hiking and stunning natural views. Don’t miss the Hickory Nut Falls Trail: It’s a 1.4-mile round trip of moderate difficulty leading you through the Hickory Nut Gorge to the 400-foot waterfall. Note that the park has a small entrance fee. Almost as dazzling as the park is the menu at Medina’s Village Bistro in downtown Chimney Rock. Medina’s actually has a puppy menu: Rover can order a marrow bone, bacon, eggs, or doggy-safe ice cream.
Just 20 miles from Edneyville, Biltmore Village was once the housing for staff working on the Vanderbilt family’s grand late-nineteenth century palace, the Biltmore Estate. The historic village is now home to shops and restaurants that cater to Biltmore’s many tourists, and dog-friendly patio seating abounds. Several local shops will even let Rover join you while you browse, at least if he behaves himself. When you’re ready for the good life, check out the Biltmore Estate itself. The landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of Central Park in NY and the 1893 World’s Fair, also laid out the magnificent 250 acres of parkland that surround the Biltmore House, and dogs are welcome in outdoor areas, including at patio seating in several of the estate’s restaurants.
Hendersonville, just 9 miles from Edneyville, is the nearest urban center, and its main shopping and dining hub has nearly 30 dog-friendly restaurants that provide outdoor seating. The large shaded patio at Pi-Squared Pizza is particularly inviting. (In the mood for pupperoni, anyone?) There’s a dog park adjacent to the William H. King Memorial Park: the Pet’s Own Place provides fenced off-leash play areas for large and small dogs. Just outside of town are some tempting adventures: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and Burntshirt Vineyards welcome doggy visitors. In the autumn, take the dogs for a run at the five-acre corn maze at Grandad’s Apples.
Downtown Asheville offers beautiful tree-lined streets in an artsy, dog-loving community. Many businesses welcome well-behaved pups: more than 25 shops, boutiques, and art galleries let you bring your furry friends along for some retail therapy. Once you’re done splurging on yourself, try the Patterson Avenue Pet Company for two of life’s most important things: provisions and play. Their free off-leash fenced dog run is available to customers. Located behind the store, it even has a toy box stocked with best-selling items and a splash pool! For a bigger stretch, hit the dog park at the French Broad River Park, where you can also swim in the river or catch the 2-mile French Broad River Greenway trail.
In the East View Association neighborhood of Asheville, you can do something most people never try with their pets: antiquing. On one side of the neighborhood lies the 9,000-square foot indoor Bryant Antiques mall, where all 70 vendors are happy to see your furry friends. On the other side is Sweeten Creek Antiques, where dogs are also welcome to sniff out the treasures of yesteryear. Best of all is the Biltmore Antiques District, where a collection of shops and dealers come together in vibrant, dog-loving community. Just remember to keep Rover on-leash at all times.